Commandments, Directives or Suggestions?



It's common knowledge that the Bible has been translated numerous times: tweaking here and there, changing the wording of certain phrases, etc.  Who gets to decide which changes to make? And who says I can't do it too? 

Here's an early version of 'The List' taken from the King James Version:
  1. Thou shalt have no other gods before me. 
  2. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. 
  3. Thou shalt not take the name of the lord thy god in vain; for the Lord will not hold them guiltless that taketh his name in vain. 
  4. Remember the sabbath day to keep it holy. Six days thou shalt labor. 
  5. Honor thy father and mother. 
  6. Thou shalt not kill. 
  7. Thou shalt not commit adultery. 
  8. Thou shalt not steal. 
  9. Thou shalt not bear false witness agains thy neighbor. 
  10. Thou shalt not covet anything that is thy neighbors. 

If the variety of translations is any indication, I should be able to run it through my own personal filter: 

  1. Everyone is god, “made in my image,” so value everyone that looks like god. 
  2. Work with real people, don’t cling to memory. 
  3. Speak highly of everyone and not in a way to cause harm. 
  4. Have a regular routine of remembering your noble divinity. 
  5. Honor those who created you out of love. 
  6. Respect all that lives. 
  7. Honor the one who adds to you. 
  8. Keep what is yours, stealing creates imbalance. 
  9. Speak not to upset the harmony of another. 
  10. Yearning to possess anything will lead to suffering.

And if I'm short on time and need to boil it down to 3 words:

Honor and Earn.

Thats it.